New Dwellings at Midsummer Meadows Cambridge

Posted on May 21, 2019 · Posted in Architecture, Cambridge, Uncategorized

1. The Vision

1.1       4D Studio Limited and the owner of the estate (also the owner of Mayflower House) are committed to best practice in relation to cur­rent and emerging urban design and residen­tial development. We see the proposal to create additional dwellings in a rooftop extension as rep­resenting an important opportunity to improve the particular building, the wider estate and the neighbourhood.

2. Detailed Design Standards

2.1       The residential accommodation will meet the spatial and layout standards in the new Nationally Described Space Standards (NDSS), the Cambridge Local Plan and current Building Regulations.

3. Sustainable Strategies for Energy,

3.1       The sustainability strategy is integral to the de-sign process. Although the Code for Sustaina­ble Homes (CfSH) has been discontinued, the scheme has been designed to Code Level 4

4. Materials and Durability

4.1       The building should not just look high quality on paper and at the point it is completed – it must go on looking architecturally accom­plished for many decades – and be a credit to the neighbourhood as well as the city con­tinues to evolve.

5. Growth re­sponding to the housing commit­ment and evolving character of the city, including its new status as a world-class centre for high technolo­gy and bio-technology.

5.1       The Midsummer Meadows estate has been in the same ownerships (Mayflower Manhattan Limited owns the freeholds of Broadmeadows, Midsummer Court and Woodvale Lodge but not Mayflower House) for nearly 40 years. It is an estate of apartment buildings close to the city centre. Due to the poor sub-site condi­tions (necessitating deep piled foundations), it was recognised from the outset that the buildings would likely be relatively high rise, witness the original name given to the road by the City Council.

5.2       Midsummer Meadows has made a pioneer­ing contribution towards the provision of small and starter homes in the city, including a significant provision (79 units) of affordable housing. Since completion in 1969 of the first building, Mayflower House (117 units), the ac­commodation (currently 269 units) has grown, by one building or extension at a time, facili­tating well thought-out responses to changing conditions and evolving housing need.

5.3       Our involvement as architects goes back to 1971 as Stefan Zins Associates (since rebrand­ed 4D Studio Ltd). We were the original archi­tects for the last 4 of the 5 buildings at Mid­summer Meadows – Bridgacre, Midsummer Court and Woodvale Lodge as well as Broad-meadows. It is now professionally rewarding to be commissioned as architects for Mayflower House that was originally designed by George Vickers RIBA